Friday, March 25, 2011

Tonight before Charlotte's bedtime, we turned on some music (songs from Disney movies) and let her dance to them. Enjoy. :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

10 Things Thursday

I don't have much time today, but here is a list of 10 things that happened in my life yesterday:
  1. Charlotte requested to wear panties to school.
  2. She had an accident before we left the house.
  3. She also asked to wear the flower that I was wearing in my hair in her hair. I, of course, let her (she's definitely hooked on Kristen Bolling's flowers....might need to get some more colors...)
  4. By the time I picked her up, she was wearing her third emergency outfit with panties OVER a diaper. :)
  5. I gave Charlotte a bath before dinner and church, during which she screamed her face off the ENTIRE time.
  6. I fixed grilled cheese sandwiches and noodle soup for dinner when we all really wanted to eat out.
  7. We were on time to church!
  8. I fell off of the choir steps on the church stage after choir practice causing me to...
  9. ...twist my ankle pretty decently and...
  10. burst into hysterical crying over all of the stress I've been under lately. Oh well.

But, it was a wonderful day, a wonderful sermon, and really, I have a wonderful life. Soli Deo Gloria.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Definitely Spring Saturday

It was such a Spring Saturday that even Adam got bitten by the spring cleaning bug this morning. We spent most of the day cleaning the house up, taking a trip to Toys R Us before lunch to get out of the house a little. I got to go to my decorating superstore (Dollar Tree!!) and pick up some spring decorations for the house, and though we worked a lot today, it was a truly wonderful day. We opened the house, grilled salmon for dinner....ah, spring. :)

I even took some pictures for you:


This is Charlotte hanging out in her room (reading the Bible, btw) while Mommy packed up some too-small and too-big clothes.

And below, is a long awaited video. This event is a daily ritual at our house. Charlotte is putting baby Snow White to bed. The mound covered with blankets is baby Snow White - we don't know why Charlotte doesn't let her breathe while she's sleeping.

Enjoy :)


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Balance

This is the ultimate question, isn't it? How do we balance it? All of it? Life, family, work? Hobbies, decisions, thoughts, worries, responsibilities, obligations? How do we balance it all? I am hardly the authority on this subject, but here is what I have to offer. I hope, as always, that it encourages you today, wherever you are.
  • Lower your expectations. Adam convicted me of this a couple of weeks ago. I cannot do it all; I cannot even do a lot of it (whatever "it" is). And that's okay. The world will go on, and my world will go on. This doesn't mean I can't aspire to accomplish much or that I am allowed to neglect what needs to be done, either around my home or at work. It doesn't mean that I am called to do mediocre work wherever I am. It does mean that I (and you) can't beat myself up when something (i.e. the ironing, grading papers, picking up toys) goes undone.
  • Do excellent work. I know this seems to contradict the last point, but it is true. The better the quality of work you do, the more efficient you (and the work) will be. It will glorify God as believers are to do in all things, but it will make what you are doing more worthwhile, instead of half-heartedly or even begrudgingly schleping through what needs to be accomplished.
  • Prioritize. I mean, really. I realize that this is the most common tip for maintaining a kind of balance, but honestly, priorities matter. Your time and energy should reflect what you value. Don't like what you see? Maybe what you value needs to be shifted. Maybe your time and energy need to be redirected.
  • Be flexible. This goes with the first point. Yesterday, Adam had a bad day at work. All of my favorite blogs would say that what my husband needs at the end of a hard day is a lovingly home-cooked meal. My mother would probably also say that. But what does my husband really want at the end of a hard day? Wendy's. Was that on the menu? Nope. Is it okay? Absolutely.

My last point isn't a tip so much as an encouragement to the moms who read this blog. When Pastor Nick preached on Genesis 3 (or the fall, because I'm sure he didn't preach all of Genesis 3 in one sermon!), he talked about the consequences doled out due to the fall of man. He explained that woman's pain not only comes from the physical act of childbirth, but from giving birth to a sinful child in a sinful world and always trying to reconcile those two things. Part of our inherited pain as mothers is trying to constantly find the balance in our lives; one day, every tear will be wiped away from our eyes. Praise God, and Maranatha. Soli Deo Gloria.

For the Grandparents who have been very patient and gracious with me....

She's showing me the applesauce she is eating after dinner with her hand (not the spoon she asked for).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mercy

At church, we are going through the Beattitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. We are doing this one at a time: one Beattitude a week. This week's was as simple and convicting as the others: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."

I will not belabor the sermon, but there is something short that I thought worth sharing. Pastor Nick reminds us every week that the Beattitudes are not commands, but rather what the life of a genuine believer will look like as sanctification and growth progress. These are not impossiblities, but rather practices that we as believers need to do just that - practice.

Mercy is no different from these others. It is a quality of God himself, his motivation for our salvation is not only for his glory (which we say so much at church) but also because of his mercy. Because we have been shown great mercy, we are to express mercy in return. Here are some ways Nick gave us; they were all displayed first by Christ himself:
  1. concern for the eternal welfare of others
  2. active sympathy toward others who are suffering
  3. true forgiveness - especially for the truly repentant
  4. compassionate giving to meet the needs of others
  5. intercessory prayer (praying on the behalf of others who won't/can't pray for themselves)
  6. patience and longsuffering
  7. caring for the souls of brothers and sisters in Christ

Again, this is not a question of having the spiritual gift of mercy. We are all called to groom this trait in our lives by God's grace, and I pray that you will think on this today. Soli Deo Gloria.